The natural aging process generally causes degeneration in the spine. As the elements that make up the spine begin to degenerate, different materials can migrate into the spinal canal. This causes the space to become constricted, often causing the nerve roots and spinal cord to become compressed.
The Decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization™ Device is used to treat this severe narrowing, or spinal stenosis, by decompressing the area and adding increased stability to prevent future degeneration.
During the procedure, the surgeon enters the narrowed area through a small incision. The first step in this procedure is for the surgeon to decompress the narrowed area. Once this is completed, he will insert the coflex® device in order to stabilize the area and prevent future narrowing. This device is designed to sit between the lamina and widens the foramen. This prevents the probability of future nerve compression in the area.
After the procedure is complete, the surgeon is able to remove the tools used, while the muscles return to their normal positioning. Because this procedure does not include any cutting or tearing of the surrounding muscles, the associated recovery is much less^ than that of the traditional open procedure used to treat this type of spinal stenosis.
In addition to the Decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization™ Device, Laser Spine Institute performs other minimally invasive procedures to treat a number of the most common conditions that cause debilitating pain and symptoms. These include lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF), laminotomy, discectomy, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), facet thermal ablation, RegenaDISC®, cervical disc replacement, anterior cervical discectomy fusion (ACDF), and foraminotomy.